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The Slice archive for May 2012

THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2012

A Wikipedia entry that caught my eye

This was in a rundown of the year in music, 1979. "April 13 -- During a concert by Van Halen in Spokane, Washington, David Lee Roth collapses from exhaustion. A local doctor treats him for a stomach virus and advises him to 'calm down.' "…

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Scheduling that "New you" regimen 

If you start tomorrow, you have an entire month to fix all your flaws and make needed changes. Then you will have a running start when, on July 1, you announce your Second Half of the Year's Resolutions. Or celebrate Canada Day, as the case…

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Two kinds of people in Spokane 

1. People who remember downtown Spokane in its heyday and think it's sort of sad now. 2. People who moved here from metropolitan areas where the downtown is virtually a lost cause and so they continue to regard downtown Spokane as relatively vibrant.

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What's your policy on LinkedIn invites? 

A) Ignore them. B) Always accept invitations to become part of someone's online network. C) No idea what LinkedIn is. D) Always agree to be connected if I know the person. E) I always accept until I start getting messages from LinkedIn about confirming my…

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Talking the talk 

Whether they ride bikes, go for a run or whatever, those interested in having early-morning exercise partners have to make sure of the compatibility factor. The other person or persons need to be reliable about meeting on time. And it's probably a good idea if…

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This date in Slice history (1996)

Rejected ArtFest slogans: "Something To Do," "Everybody Who Thinks They're Somebody Will Be There," "Parking Fest '96," "Woodstock III," "Artsapalooza," "Monsters of Art," "Come See Our New Paving Job," "Booths 'n' Stuff," "Good Festival" and "See, Browne's Addition Isn't THAT Scary."

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Baseball caps and neighbors' loud sex

Neither of those topics will be addressed in Thursday's Slice column. But there will be some stuff more along these lines. "Hey, Paul, my candle scent would be 'horseback ride,' a combination of warm pony, leather and the mountains," wrote Alison Duke.

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Taunting defectors 

Am I above reminding friends who moved away from Spokane that their new homes are far more buggy than the Inland Northwest? I am not. Just today, I ended a note to a guy now in Minnesota with "Watch out for mosquitoes." His reply: "Skeeters…

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Why was Vin Scully doing this game?

Thought of this 1999 baseball movie when watching a few minutes of the History Channel's Hatfields vs. McCoys miniseries. Kevin Costner is in both. Was there ever any explanation why Dodgers institution Vin Scully would be doing play-by-play at a Tigers vs. Yankees game? Perhaps…

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2012 ice cream truck jingles 

Slice reader Sharon Griffiths and others have heard Spokane ice cream trucks playing Christmas music recently. Apparently "Turkey in the Straw" and "The Entertainer" have become too easy to tune out. Back in the summer of 2003, The Slice asked what Beach Boys song would…

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The Wednesday Slice 

Naked girls being the whole point of college, streaking seemed a laudable social trend back in 1973-74. You would hear a whoop go up in the dining hall and crank your head to see which of your fellow scholars were sprinting through the building sans…

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TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2012

The show people loved to bash

Even if they didn't watch it. "thirtysomething" aired its final episode 21 years and one day ago. Initially unwatchable, it could be argued that it grew up fast and became fairly substantial. I especially liked the workplace stuff. The Miles Drentell character was one of…

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Basking in the hate

There's an over-beers game at least a few journalists have been known to play. It involves competing to see who can recall the most disdainful rebuff ever encountered when approaching someone for an interview. These stories can be pretty entertaining. Sometimes the person being approached…

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What certain big banks count on  

They must believe they can ding you and ding and ding you with service charges and you still won't take your business elsewhere because you imagine that switching all of your automatic-payment arrangements would be a monumental pain.

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Things you learn in college

Once upon a time at least, if you hung around the English department enough and were friends with a number of your female classmates, you heard about which visiting male writers were the most unrelenting horndogs.

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